She may not be dead. I don’t know. The Cherry Ames Nurse series for teenage girls was first published in 1943, the fictional Cherry having been born circa 1925, so she could be alive. Either way she’s given her last enema. How I happen to own a dozen books from the series is simply too humiliating to mention, so I won’t. No, I haven’t read them but inspiration comes from strange and unexpected places.
I have always enjoyed book-cover art, from the classic Scribner’s illustrations of N. C. Wyeth to the numerous unknown artists who truly deserve their anonymity. Wouldn’t it be fun to find an old book and give it a new dust-wrapper incorporating a photo and graphics custom-tailored to the sitter?
Let’s use an example: Gus Customer’s favorite book is Robinson Crusoe. He reads it yearly by candlelight in a hut with a dirt floor while eating moldy cheese and scratching himself with dirty fingernails, just for atmosphere. Gus enjoys his individuality so he’s open to the book-cover idea. All he needs to do is schedule his shoot, gather up some goatskin clothes (which he probably already has), a rusty gun, a suitable parrot in the proper colors, and a cannibal. Pick’s Photo will take care of the rest, though Gus would probably have to show proof of insurance in case the cannibal ate one of the staff.
The possibilities are simply endless. It could be something retro such as a pulp paperback from the forties, a bestselling novel, a how-to book, child’s series, mystery, horror, anything. If there’s a suitable guinea pig call Pick’s Photo and we’ll talk about it.
Incidentally, anyone want to buy some Cherry Ames books?